Imagine an alternate universe where you could drink a latte and work on your laptop, or lounge with a date on a sofa, or miserably fail at trivia night with your friends, or grab a seat at the bar for a beer and a cheese plate - all in the same place. We’re happy to tell you that such a place already exists, and it’s called The Dane. This all-day cafe has a surprisingly extensive lineup of beers hailing from everywhere between Washington and New York - plus great espresso, snacks, and events. Consider it your new weeknight hangout spot.
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When you want barbecue in Ballard, head to Bitterroot. Start with the jalapeño hushpuppies and then go for the brisket.
Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
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100 Pound Clam
The seafood at 100 Pound Clam in South Lake is great. Just know you’ll be eating it next to a screaming two-year-old and a dad wearing Sperry’s.
Some Random Bar
Some Random Bar is the perfect Belltown bar-with-food to keep in your back pocket for a first date or night out with the gang.
Perihelion Brewery is a neighborhood spot in Beacon Hill with great beer and solid American bar snacks.
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Mr. West Cafe Bar
Mr. West Cafe is an attractive espresso bar and all day cafe with substantial food downtown.
Elm Coffee Roasters
Elm Coffee Roasters is a Pioneer Square espresso bar that serves great coffee and makes their own nut milks.
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